Alpine Immune Sciences Shares Updated Clinical Data from Povetacicept in IgA Nephropathy

April 10, 2024

-- Povetacicept administered subcutaneously once every four weeks continues to be well tolerated in IgA nephropathy, with UPCR reductions of greater than 60% observed at 36 weeks, associated with remission, resolution of hematuria, and stable renal function (eGFR) --

-- Company reports successful end of phase 2 meeting with FDA, supporting advancement to a registrational, placebo-controlled phase 3 study of povetacicept in IgA nephropathy, targeted in 2H 2024 --

-- Company will host an investor call and webcast today at 5:15 pm ET --

Alpine Immune Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALPN), a leading clinical-stage immunotherapy company focused on developing innovative treatments for autoimmune and inflammatory diseases, today shared updated clinical data for povetacicept in IgA nephropathy (IgAN) which will be presented as a late breaking poster at the World Congress of Nephrology (WCN) April 13-16, 2024 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Figure 1. Povetacicept is Associated with Clinically Meaningful UPCR Reductions, Stable eGFR in IgA Nephropathy, and Reductions in Gd-IgA1 and Gd-IgA1/C3 Ratio (Graphic: Business Wire)

Figure 1. Povetacicept is Associated with Clinically Meaningful UPCR Reductions, Stable eGFR in IgA Nephropathy, and Reductions in Gd-IgA1 and Gd-IgA1/C3 Ratio (Graphic: Business Wire)

Povetacicept is a potent dual antagonist of the BAFF (B cell activating factor) and APRIL (a proliferation inducing ligand) cytokines, which play key roles in pathogenesis of multiple autoimmune diseases via their roles in the activation, differentiation and/or survival of B cells, particularly antibody-secreting cells, as well as T cells and innate immune cells. RUBY-3 is a multiple ascending dose, multi-cohort, open label, phase 1b/2a study of povetacicept in autoimmune glomerulonephritis, including IgA nephropathy, where povetacicept is administered subcutaneously (SC) once every four weeks.

Key Highlights Include:

  • As of March 01, 2024, 41 patients with IgAN had received povetacicept 80 or 240 mg subcutaneously every 4 weeks. Treatment with povetacicept 80 mg SC Q4W has been associated with a clinically meaningful improvement in proteinuria, with a 64.1% reduction from baseline in urine protein to creatinine ratio (UPCR; n=6) at 36 weeks, associated with stable renal function as assessed by estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR). At this same time, 4/6 (67%) had achieved remission, as defined as UPCR < 0.5 g/g, ≥50% reduction in UPCR from baseline, and stable renal function (≤ 25% reduction in eGFR from baseline).
  • Resolution of hematuria, as defined as negative or trace/small hematuria in patients with non-negative/trace hematuria at baseline, was achieved in all (100%) patients with data available at 36 or more weeks (N=4).
  • Treatment with povetacicept 240 mg SC Q4W has been associated with similar improvements in proteinuria, stable renal function, and remission, based on initial data through 12 (13 patients) and 24 (2 patients) weeks.
  • Treatment with both doses was associated with significant reductions in the key disease-related biomarker Gd-IgA1, with the 80 mg dose achieving a 68.9% reduction at 40 weeks, and the 240 mg dose achieving a 78.6% reduction at 20 weeks. Both doses achieved reductions in IgA/C3 and Gd-IgA1/C3 ratios, which are additional severity and prognostic biomarkers in IgAN.
  • Both doses have been well tolerated in IgAN, with no instances of IgG < 3 g/L and no severe infections.

“These updated findings for povetacicept are highly promising and continue to support the potential for the program as an important new therapy in IgA nephropathy,” noted Jonathan Barratt, M.D., the Mayer Professor of Renal Medicine and Honorary Consultant Nephrologist and IgA Nephropathy Rare Disease Group Lead, University of Leicester. “The marked and clinically meaningful improvement in UPCR and stable eGFR observed with a monthly dosing regimen at 36 weeks are particularly impressive, as are the deep reductions in Gd-IgA1, a key disease-related biomarker, and resolution of hematuria in patients. The lack of serious adverse events with longer duration of treatment and higher dose is also notable and, together with povetacicept’s disease modifying potential and substantial patient experience, strongly supports the rapid advancement of povetacicept into a pivotal study for IgA nephropathy.”

“Despite advancements in IgA nephropathy, there remains an urgent need for safe and convenient therapies that effectively treat the underlying cause of the disease,” said James Tumlin, M.D., Professor of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine, Founder and CEO of NephroNet Clinical Trials Consortium. “Dual APRIL/BAFF inhibition is a potent inhibitor of Galactose Deficient IgA1 (Gd-IgA1) production which is closely linked to the pathogenesis and progression of IgA nephropathy. Monthly administration of povetacicept has been shown to be well-tolerated at both the 80mg and 240 mg doses with clinical responses including Gd-IgA1, urine protein levels and eGFR stabilization within 3 months. These data strongly support the inhibition of APRIL/BAFF pathways by povetacicept and its efficacy in the treatment of IgAN as well as the need for further clinical development. If approved, povetacicept could be used a front-line disease modifying treatment in IgAN.”

“These data indeed continue to further our enthusiasm for the potential of povetacicept in IgAN and other autoimmune diseases,” remarked Stanford Peng, MD PhD, President and Head of Research and Development at Alpine. “We are pleased to have completed our successful end of phase 2 meeting with FDA, enabling advancement to a registrational trial in IgAN (RAINIER) later this year. In addition, we plan to continue to explore povetacicept’s potential in multiple other autoimmune diseases via the ongoing RUBY-3 and RUBY-4 studies, and via the initiation of a phase 2 study (DENALI) in systemic lupus erythematosus later this year.”

World Congress of Nephrology Late-Breaking Poster

Date/Time: Monday, April 15, 2024, 5:45 pm local time (GMT-3) /4:45 pm ET/1:45 pm PT

Poster Title: Updated Results from the RUBY-3 study of Povetacicept, an Enhanced Dual BAFF/APRIL Antagonist in IgA Nephropathy

Poster Number: MON-304

Session Name: Poster Session 3 (Late Breaking)

Location: Exhibition Hall and Main Foyer, Buenos Aires Convention Center, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Presenter: James Tumlin, M.D., Professor of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine, Founder and CEO of NephroNet Clinical Trials Consortium

Alpine will host an investor call and webcast to discuss the data update as well as provide a corporate update.

The link to the webcast is available in the investor relations section of the Company’s website at https://ir.alpineimmunesciences.com/events and a replay will be available on the Company's website for 90 days following the live event.

About Povetacicept (ALPN-303)

Povetacicept (ALPN-303) is a dual antagonist of the BAFF (B cell activating factor) and APRIL (a proliferation inducing ligand) cytokines, which play key roles in pathogenesis of multiple autoimmune diseases via their roles in the activation, differentiation and/or survival of B cells, particularly antibody-secreting cells, as well as T cells and innate immune cells. Based upon an engineered TACI (transmembrane activator and CAML interactor) domain, povetacicept has exhibited greater potency in preclinical studies versus other inhibitors of BAFF and/or APRIL alone and B cell depletion and has demonstrated initial activity in patients with IgA nephropathy. Povetacicept is in development for multiple autoimmune diseases, including IgA nephropathy and other autoimmune kidney diseases, systemic lupus erythematosus, and autoimmune cytopenias.

About RUBY-3

RUBY-3 (NCT05732402) is a multiple ascending dose, multi-cohort, open label, phase 1b/2 study of povetacicept in autoimmune glomerulonephritis, including IgA nephropathy, primary membranous nephropathy, lupus nephritis, and renal ANCA-associated vasculitis, where povetacicept is being administered subcutaneously for up to 104 weeks. Key endpoints include proteinuria, eGFR, renal response, and disease-related autoantibodies.

About RUBY-4

RUBY-4 (NCT05757570) is a multi-cohort, open label study of povetacicept in autoimmune cytopenias, including immune thrombocytopenia, autoimmune hemolytic anemia, and cold agglutinin disease, where povetacicept is being administered subcutaneously for up to 48 weeks. Key endpoints include respective blood cell counts, durable responses, as well as disease-related autoantibodies.

About RAINIER

RAINIER is an upcoming, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, pivotal phase 3 study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of povetacicept in patients with IgA nephropathy at risk of progression to kidney failure.

About DENALI

DENALI is an upcoming, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled phase 2 study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of povetacicept in patients with active systemic lupus erythematosus.

About Alpine Immune Sciences

Alpine Immune Sciences is committed to leading a new wave of immune therapeutics. With world-class research and development capabilities, a highly productive scientific platform, and a proven management team, Alpine is seeking to create first- or best-in-class multifunctional immunotherapies via unique protein engineering technologies to improve patients’ lives. Alpine has entered into strategic collaborations with leading global biopharmaceutical companies and has a diverse pipeline of clinical and preclinical candidates in development. For more information, visit www.alpineimmunesciences.com. Follow @AlpineImmuneSci on X and LinkedIn.

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